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People - Feb 8, 2013

Feb. 8, 2013
New directors and award winners at NEMRA and NAW; Hoffman named president at Staco; Gale named key accounts manager at Burndy; and more.
National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) (Portsmouth, N.H.): At last week’s NEMRA Conference, many reps and manufacturers took on new volunteer roles with the organization and some were honored by Electrical Wholesaling magazine for their industry achievements. Elected as officers on the NEMRA Board of Directors were: Chairman, Greg Reynolds, Flynn & Reynolds Agency, Tewksbury, Mass.; Chairman Elect, Greg Baker, J.D. Martin Co., Dallas; Treasurer, Bill Devereaux, R/B Sales Corp., Marion, Iowa; Secretary, NEMRA’s Ken Hooper; and Immediate Past Chairman, Mark Gibson, Agents Midwest, Ltd., Wood Dale, Ill.
Elected as directors were: Scott Silvey, General Power & Control Corp., Geismar, La.; Tim Klinger, IPRO, Inc, Denver; Gary Lessing, Ewing-Foley, Inc, Cupertino, Calif.; Larry Jacob, New Century Sales, Indianapolis, Ind.; Roger Vaught, Atkore International, Harvey, Ill.; Cindy Doherty, Intralec Electrical Products, Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Scott Osterman, Osterman Associates, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Joe Tumlin, Coresential, Tampa, Fla.
Elected officers on the NEMRA Manufacturers Group Executive Committee (NMG) were: Chairman, Rob Hartford, Prime Conduit, Cleveland; Co-Chair, Jim Johnson, Calpipe Industries, Downey, Calif.;  and Immediate Past Chairman, Tom Fredericks, American Polywater, Stillwater, Minn. Elected as Committee Members were Dale Sidey, Hammond Power Solutions, Baraboo, Wis.; Gary Koetters, Intermatic, Spring Grove, Ill.; Brad Wiandt, Madison Electric Products, Bedford Heights, Ohio; Bob Porter, G-Strut, Canton, Ohio; Bill Marshall, Leviton, Melville, N.Y.; Todd Spaulding, Caddy/Erico, Solon, Ohio; Mark Reinders, Eaton/Cooper, Houston; and Tom Bisson, General Cable, Highland Heights, Ky.
Award winners at the conference included: Edward Marinelli, president of Electri-Flex Co., Roselle, Ill., who won the NEMRA Thomas F. Preston Manufacturer of the Year Award; and Don Ambrose, of Arlington Industries, Scranton, Pa., who was awarded NEMRA’s Regional Manager of the Year Award for  the support and leadership he offered to independent manufacturers’ reps in his region before recently being named as Arlington’s national sales manager. Murray Chamney, Intralec Electrical Products, Mississaugua, Ontario, was the first Canadian winner of Electrical Wholesaling’s GEM Award for Independent Manufacturers Reps, and John Scott, Lester Sales Co., Indianapolis, Ind., won the GEM Rising Star Award for young executives on the move.
Border States Electric (BSE) (Fargo, N.D.): David Karels has joined BSE as the corporate asset manager. Before joining BSE, Karels worked at Ulteig as the chief business officer and Nor-Son Inc. as the chief operating officer in Baxter, Minn. Most recently he was the director of operations at Henry Carlson Companies in Fargo.
Staco Energy Products (Dayton, Ohio): Jeff Hoffman has been named president of Staco Energy Products Co., effective immediately. Hoffman’s background includes various positions in sales, marketing and executive management at Fortune 500 companies including United Technologies, Emerson Electric, Berkshire Hathaway and his most recent role within Illinois Tool Works (ITW). Hoffman earned his B.S. in business from Bowling Green State University and his MBA from the University of Toledo.
Capital Electric Supply/CED GreenTech Arizona (Tempe, Ariz.): Capital Electric Supply/CED GreenTech Arizona, a division of Consolidated Electrical Distributors  (CED), has named Steve Mann as its branch manager.  Mann will oversee the company’s solar business Arizona, as well as the electrical-wholesale portion of the business that focuses on the Phoenix metropolitan market.  He joins Capital Electric Supply/CED GreenTech from GE Lighting, where he served as sales development manager-LED Lighting. He also worked for Thomas & Betts, Acme Electric, Cooper Industries, and Legrand. Mann holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree from University of Phoenix.
Venture Lighting International (Solon, Ohio): Tina Hendrix, LC has joined the company as West Coast regional sales manager. In her most recent position, Hendrix was a joint employee of Wesco Distribution and Philips Lighting serving three Southern California branch locations and calling on several vertical markets. She received her B.A. in public administration from San Diego State University.
Dakota Sales Group (DSG) (Fargo, N.D.): Clark Marshall is now branch manager for DSG’s St. Paul, Minn., location, which primarily serves the electrical, plumbing and HVAC/R industries. He takes over this position from Dan Miller, who was appointed DSG’s chief operating officer in 2012. Marshall has more than 30 years of experience in the trades industry. Before joining DSG, he served as vice president of sales and sales manager for two different electronics companies. Marshall is a graduate of Moorhead State University. 
In other news at DSG, Todd Eber has accepted the position of East region manager. In this newly created role, Eber will oversee the management and sales staff at DSG in St. Paul, and at all five W.A. Roosevelt locations in Wisconsin. He will work out of La Crosse, Wis. Before becoming DSGs east region manager, Eber most recently served as the president of W.A. Roosevelt, which became part of DSG in Jan. 2012.
Burndy (Manchester, N.H.): Stewart Gale was promoted to key account manager within the company’s U.S. sales organization. He joined Burndy in Dec. 2011 as a senior product manager. Prior to joining Burndy, Gale owned and operating Force 9 Consulting, a management consulting firm. He was also V.P. of marketing and business development for Affiliated Distributors and held a number of management positions with New Hampshire’s Rockingham Electric Supply. 
Mitsubishi Electric (Warrendale, Pa.): Mike Boyd has joined the company’s Power Products Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) division as Central regional sales manager, reporting to Jim Hughes, national sales manager. Boyd has a B.S. degree in physical science/general engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent five years leading a division of 40 enlisted personnel in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer.
Service Wire Co. (Culloden, W.Va.): The company’s Houston sales office  has hired Cameron Crooks as a salesperson to service  Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mexico, western Missouri, and parts of Houston. He previously worked for a government contractor selling industrial and damage control supplies to the U.S. military in Virginia Beach, Va. In other news at Service Wire, Ray Langdon joined the company as controller in the Culloden office. He graduated from Marshall University with a B.S in accounting and Liberty University with a M.S. in accounting. 
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) (Washington, D.C.): NAW members elected Patrick Larmon, president and CEO of Bunzl Distribution USA Inc., St. Louis, as chairman of its board of directors at its recent conference. He succeeds Mark Kramer of Laird Plastics, Boca Raton, Fla. Other 2013 officers include: Dan M. Blaylock, Adams-Burch Inc., Landover, Md., as chairman-elect; Manuel Perez de la Mesa, Poolcorp, Covington, La., first vice chairman; Richard Schwartz, WinWholesale Inc., Dayton, Ohio, second vice chairman; and John Tracy, Dot Foods Inc., Chesterfield, Mo., secretary. Also on the NAW board are treasurer and chairman of the subcommittee on budget and finance, Robert Taylor of Do it Best Corp.; chairman of the NAW Association Executives Council (AEC), Tim Buche of the Motorcycle Industry Council; chairman-elect of the AEC, Christopher Jahn of the National Association of Chemical Distributors; and past chairman of the AEC, Mark Allen of the International Foodservice Distributors Association.